Records: Hayti (0-2), Chaffee (1-1)
Series History: Hayti leads 38-23-2
Last Meeting: 2011, Hayti won 26-6
Last Week: Charleston 20, Hayti 14; St. Pius X 16, Chaffee 8 (2OT)
Outlook: Hayti is 0-2 for the first time since they finished 0-9 in 1998, but they have beaten the Red Devils 13-straight times. The Indians looked sharp early last week holding a 14-0 first quarter lead over Charleston after two touchdown passes from senior quarterback Karnard Humes (5-9, 170) before going silent the remainder of the game. The normally high-powered Hayti offense has been held to just 20 points in two games this season and will look to break out against Chaffee with Humes leading the way. The quarterback has thrown for 232 yards and three touchdowns on the season and ran for 105 yards. His top target is junior Demetrius Luster (6-1, 190) who has seven catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Senior linebacker Michael Thomas (5-11, 200) leads the team in tackles with 22. With starting quarterback Peyton Montgomery (5-11, 155, so.) out and the wet weather wreaking havoc on the Red Devils' no huddle, shotgun attack, Chaffee was held to just 222 yards and one score last week. Montgomery's status for Friday is unknown at press time but the quarterback scorched Grandview for 342 yards through the air in Week 1 and ran for another 60. If he can't go, junior Jimmy Golden (5-10, 207) will fill in. Last week Golden threw for 83 yards and rushed for 75 on 28 carries. Junior Charlie Montgomery (6-1, 175) also returned from injury last week and rushed for 12 yards on three carries and could carry more of a load this week.
Records: Caruthersville (1-1), Charleston (1-1)
Series History: Charleston leads 44-27-2
Last Meeting: 2011, Caruthersville won 41-23
Last Week: Caruthersville 39, Malden 6; Charleston 20, Hayti 14
Outlook: Both Charleston and Hayti dropped close games to state-ranked opponents in Week 1. Charleston fell to rival Sikeston but appear to have a hard-working defense that held the high octane Bulldogs in check for most of the night. Offensively the Bluejays must find a way to move the ball, only compiling 89 yards of offense in their first game. Running back Robert Bogan (5-8, 185, jr.) gained 32 yards on 15 carries, but 28 of those yards came on a first quarter touchdown run. Quarterback Mike Hull (5-8, 156, sr.) finished with just 25 passing yards. Hayti has won the last seven in the series but will also have to find an offense that managed just 193 yards of offense. Quarterback Karnard Humes (5-9, 170, sr.) was 11-19 passing for 75 yards and touchdown while rushing for 41 yards last week. Running back Michael Thomas (5-11, 200, sr.) gained 65 yards on 10 carries and had 10 tackles on defense.
Records: Scott City (2-0), East Prairie (0-2)
Series History: Scott City leads 26-25
Last Meeting: 2011, Scott City won 28-0
Last Week: Scott City 29, St. Vincent 20; Grandview 44, East Prairie 12
Outlook: Scott City is going for their first 3-0 start since 2007 and will bring a balanced offense to take on the Eagles. Senior running back Travis Phillips (5-7, 155) leads the Rams' rushing attack with 291 yards this season, including 126 last week. But the Rams can also throw behind senior Jon McFall (6-1, 190). The quarterback has thrown for 178 yards, rushed for 44 and kicked two field goals as well. Senior tight end Ryan Fortner (6-0, 226), who is in his first year of football, grabbed a 70-yard pass from McFall last week to help set up the winning score. Meanwhile the Ram defense is allowing just 13 points and just 265 yards per game. On the flip side, East Prairie has had trouble moving the ball in 2012, scoring just 12 points last week after being shut out in Week 1 in Perryville. The Eagles have gained just 213 yards in two games and their total passing yards after two contests is -2 with only one completed pass. Senior running back Jerry Alexander (5-7, 155) has been the lone bright spot offensively for the Eagles, gaining 127 yards with a touchdown for East Prairie. Freshman Blayn Goodding (5-9, 155) rushed for 34 yards last week on 15 carries. The Eagles' defense has struggled as well, giving up 85 points and 773 yards in two games and must improve or East Prairie will have their first 0-3 start since 2007.
Records: Kennett (0-2), NMCC (0-2)
Series History: NMCC leads 21-6
Last Meeting: 2011, Kennett won 25-0
Last Week: Portageville 27, Kennett 7; Sikeston 12, NMCC 0
Outlook: Kennett found the going tough last week against Portageville, gaining only 184 total yards in a 27-7 loss to the Class 1 school. Junior quarterback Declan Wallace (6-0, 185) leads the Indian offense, throwing for 187 yards and a touchdown while gaining an additional 110 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Speedy senior running back Darius Warren (5-10, 200) has gained 153 yards on the ground with a touchdown, as Kennett has scored 25 points in two games. Their defense has allowed 67 points and allowed 743 total yards in two games, including 562 rushing yards. That could be the cure for a struggling NMCC offense that has scored only six points and gained 228 yards, 208 rushing, in two games. Senior quarterback Jashawn McDaniel (6-1, 200) leads the Eagles with 128 yards rushing but has completed just one pass in 14 attempts as the team has connected on just three passes all season. The Eagles have been bitten by the turnover bug so far with five fumbles lost. While the NMCC offense has gotten off to a slow start, the defense improved tremendously last week, allowing a potent Sikeston offense only 12 points and 302 total yards. That coming just one week after giving up 357 yards and 32 points to Malden.
Records: Malden (1-1), Portageville (2-0)
Series History: Malden leads 38-27-1
Last Meeting: 2011, Malden won 41-24
Last Week: Caruthersville 39, Malden 6; Portageville 27, Kennett 7
Outlook: Malden has won 8 of their last 9 against Portageville and come in with a balanced offensive attack that has put up 38 points in two games. Freshman quarterback Chapen Riley (6-3, 185) has thrown for 290 yards and three touchdowns this season but also tossed three interceptions against Caruthersville last week. The key for Malden may be the health of senior running back Romello McCoy (5-9, 170). McCoy has rushed for 276 yards and two touchdowns, including 159 in the first half last week before leaving with an injury. He also has 67 yards receiving with a touchdown but his status for Friday was unknown at press time. Malden allowed 493 rushing yards to Caruthersville last week, which could bode well for Portageville's three-headed ground attack. The Bulldogs compiled 292 yards on the ground last week against Kennett, led by 154 yards by senior Daniel Allen (6-0, 185). Speedster Dominique Walker (6-3, 190, sr.) had 49 yards and returned the opening kick 95 yards while senior Dion Foster (5-8, 155) gained 62 yards. The Bulldogs can also throw if they have to with quarterback Bryce Wallace (5-11, 150). The junior completed 2 of 7 passes for seven yards last week but threw for over 1,500 yards last season. The speedy Portageville defense has been no slouch either, holding opponents to just 21 points in two games. The Bulldogs are seeking their first 3-0 start since 2003.